Ride-Sharing Accident Lawyer in Brooksville, FL
Ride-sharing is an increasingly popular mode of transportation. Millions of rides are given between Uber and Lyft daily. Uber has even made its way into Hernando County. As a result of the amount of rides being given, there is now an unfortunate rise in ride-sharing accidents.
These types of auto accidents have many unique traits, mainly because ride-sharing is still a relatively new concept. In Florida, these unique traits can be seen in the recently signed bill, CS/HB 221. With Governor Rick Scott signing the “Uber/Lyft” bill, Florida ensured that all drivers with ride sharing service have some insurance. This bill requires that all drivers must have:
-Primary automobile liability coverage of at least $1 million for death, bodily injury, and property damage
-PIP benefits that meet the minimum coverage amounts required of a limousine under Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law
-Uninsured and under-insured vehicle coverage as required by law.
The bill also requires Uber and Lyft to conduct background checks on their drivers every 3 years. Clearly, Florida has put its best foot forward in trying to regulate this new type of company.
Making sure that drivers are liable and covered by insurance is a great step in ensuring that driver’s pay attention. However, ride-sharing accidents still occur. Much like car accidents, they occur due to someone’s negligence. Driving recklessly is bad enough when someone is by themselves, but doing it while they have passengers is simply unacceptable.
Ride-sharing accidents are a new type of personal injury case. These accidents will be best handled by an experienced attorney with a thorough grasp of the law. If you or your loved one has been injured in a ride-sharing accident, please call the Law Office of John R. Vitola so you can have experience on your side.